How to Troubleshoot a 1991 Honda Accord's Power Steering


If your little Honda Accord has become difficult steer and you feel like you're driving a big rig and need muscles to steer, this is more than likely a sign of problems with the power steering. However, even to experienced mechanics looking over the guts of the 1991 Honda Accord's power steering system can seem a little bit like foreign territory, since the system's location is not like it is in other cars. Luckily, these Honda Accords are prone to having only two basic problems.

Things You'll Need

  • Flashlight Owner's manual Power steering fluid

Power Steering Fluid

  • Check the power steering fluid. Make sure the car is level and the engine is cooled down. The power steering reserve is located under the hood on the driver's side, towards the front of the car next to the dip stick for the oil.

  • Unscrew the cap to the power steering fluid reserve. If you don't seen any of the pink/red liquid in the reserve, that either means you are out of fluid or you have a leak.

  • Fill the reserve with power steering fluid. Make sure you use the steering fluid that is made specially for the Honda Accord. If you notice a puddle of red/pink liquid underneath your car after filling the reserve, then you have a leak.

  • Look for loose or cracked hoses connected to the reserve to troubleshoot leaks.

Bad Steering Pump

  • Locate the steering pump. The steering pump is connected to the fluid reserve, which you will find directly underneath the reserve.

  • Take a look at the the steering pump. Look for rust, dirt or corrosion; these are things that make your car difficult to steer. This also causes a screeching noise when you try to sharply turn your wheel.

  • Double-check for loose connections to any hoses or valves connected to the power steering pump.

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